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IDE 2016: here’s what you missed

The third annual International Drone Expo (IDE 2016) at the Los Angeles Convention Center saw not just a drone conference, but a drone race too.

53 of the world’s top drone racers competed. The pilots battled each other on an extremely tight and technical course, with multiple gates and a huge structure fly around.

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Ken “FlyingBear” Loo from San Francisco ultimately won the race. 2nd place went to 11-year-old Ashton “Drobot Racer” Gamble, and third place went to Jarod Rhodehunter Rhodes.

It’s not often you get to go to a conference and get a drone race on top of it, but it is a great reminder why we’re all here – for the fun of drones!

I also checked out the show floor, which had some pretty crazy new things, including a human carrying drone. It basically looks like a motorcycle mounted on a massive drone.

I also led the women in drones panel with some fabulous trailblazers in the industry.

See you next year Los Angeles. Happy flying!

Need drone video inspiration? See the best drone footage of 2016

2016 saw the rise of some seriously incredible drone footage.

It’s no longer enough to have an aerial photo and automatically dazzle your Instagram followers simply because it’s a complete different angle. The novelty effect has worn off, and the bar is raised.

Why? It seems as though everyone has a drone now. The $999 DJI Mavic Pro is so portable, there’s no excuse for missing an opportunity to take a drone photo simply because you didn’t have your drone with you — it fits in your purse! On the professional end of the spectrum, you’ve got the $2,999 DJI Inspire 2. In fact, DJI produced a short film shot entirely on the Inspire 2.

To have incredible drone footage, it most be seriously incredible. Lighting, framing, storytelling — they are all important. The NYC Drone Film Festival compiled the best footage from its participants into one, 3-minute long video.

Check it out for some inspiration!

This Dancing with the Stars drone footage is seriously epic

To those of you who watched the premiere of Dancing with the Stars Season 3, you might have caught a tiny glimpse of a drone on the screen. It’s easy to miss.

What’s significantly harder to miss is that the intro of the show was shot in one continuous, two-minute clip. The footage shows all of Season 23’s Celebrity Contestants and Pro Dancers dancing to “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons from Los Angeles’s Griffith Observatory.

The drone starts with a wide shot of the whole building, then zooms into the side of the building, and eventually pans around the whole building.

It leaves me wondering, “how’d they do that,” while also inspiring to practice my piloting to get somewhere close to that level of precision.

As for that one tiny glimpse of the drone I mentioned? You can see a shadow of the drone as it runs across a wall and staircase for a split second at the 0:26 mark.

That shot takes extreme skill, and it’s awesome to see drones being used for good on national TV — in conjunction with dance no less.

How’s that for some dronespiration?

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh: tour with Drone Girl!

I had a blast at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016!

EAA AirVenture is the world’s largest air show, and it focuses on all things aviation, from traditional planes to homebuilt planes to skydiving. This year, they significantly expanded their drone offerings, complete with a whole drone tent and flight demo cage.

I led a few drone related events, including a hands-on class for 60 young women, and a seminar on Drones in Today’s World.

But I REALLY had fun checking out the rest of the show and learning a lot about manned aviation. I’m dazzled by the positivity and enthusiasm here. People at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are curious about what’s new, and proud to show off their own stuff. And the nicest crowd too!

So join me on my tour (I do fly in a  plane upside down)!

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ASL’s Drinks and Drones is the coolest event on the planet

Aerial Sports League is debuting drinks and drones — an all-new type of entertainment destination.

It’s part-nightclub, part drone racecourse. Later this year, Aerial Sports League is going to open Drone Sports World — an entertainment complex for people to learn how to fly drones and race themselves — in San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.

“We’ll teach you how to build drones, teach you how to fly drones, get you registered with the FAA and make sure you know what you’re doing before you leave,” said Aerial Sports League CEO Marque Cornblatt.

But until then, Aerial Sports League has held a couple Drinks and Drones events. It’s for those of us who enjoy watching drones as much as we love flying them — along with dancing to some EDM music, grabbing a cocktail and meeting other dronies (or drone newbies).

I went to a recent Drinks and Drones event with some friends, and shot some footage for you to check out!

Want to get into drone racing yourself? Here’s my guide to getting started.

Phantom 4 over Lofoten Islands shows video of a magical, fairy tale-like Norway

I’m a big fan of Norway, and not just because one of my favorite movies, Frozen, was inspired by the country.

Drone video shot on a DJI Phantom 4 by filmmaker Theo Gove-Humphries, shows one of Norway’s most magical places.

The film gives viewers an aerial look at Lofoten. It’s an off-the-beaten-path archipelago known for dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands.

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Flying Robot international Film Festival entries are open

The Flying Robot international Film Festival (FRiFF) is back again for a second year.

The international drone film festival screening will take place in October of 2016 in San Francisco.

FRiFF, which awards cash prizes to the winners, was founded in 2015 by Eddie Codel, a fellow San Francisco based live video producer, aerial filmmaker and drone nerd.

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Last year, the competition saw 153 films from 35 countries. 20 finalists films were aired the night of the film festival, including one of my favorite drone films to date “Running into the Air,” by Sebastian Woeber of Austria. That film won in the Cinematic: Postcard category.

See more of Drone Girl’s coverage from last year’s film festival here.

How to enter the Flying Robot international Film Festival:

Submissions are now open through July 15th for a $10 entry fee. Between July 15th and August 15th, the price increases to $15. Films must be less than five minutes, and while it doesn’t need to be 100% aerial footage, aerial footage should be central to the story being told.  You can submit your film here.